Ethics and Safeguarding Policy

Lama Yeshe Ling Tibetan Buddhist Group, and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT Inc.) with which Lama Yeshe Ling is affiliated, are devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice, and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha – and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

Therefore, upholding an environment that is safe, respectful, and supportive of Dharma practice is a fundamental responsibility of each person in a position of authority within the FPMT network. Each such individual safeguards the community’s well-being and shares in the responsibility to foster an environment of integrity. This shared responsibility includes refraining from behavior that harms others or negatively affects the environment in which Dharma is practiced and taught.

We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, and neglect.  We acknowledge that in a spiritual context it is also possible for people to experience coercive control if those in a position of trust misuse their power and influence. We recognize that communities can only function safely, fruitfully, and harmoniously when individual community members understand, value, and uphold healthy boundaries.

We are committed to protecting those interacting with FPMT Inc., and with the entities comprising the FPMT network, from abuse; and we are committed to enabling all staff and volunteers to act promptly and appropriately when dealing with allegations or suspicions of abuse.

Please reach out to us with questions or concerns, your message will go to our designated protection people group, which are Yolisa Nongauza (community member), Venerable Jamyang Khedrup (on-site person), and our board of directors: Arunas Antanaitis (director), Ekaterina Stepanova (treasurer) , Abhilash Menon (secretary), and David Gould (spiritual program director).

Please refer here for the full FPMT Policy of Ethics and Protecting from Abuse